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Today on In The Know, the Huffington Post reports on Oklahoma lawmakers’ push to restrict a program providing nutrition vouchers to low-income mothers of young children, in order to target Planned Parenthood. The House voted 76-16 to reprimand Sally Kern. On the OK Policy Blog, we find a legitimate policy idea hidden in Kern’s statements. Brittany Novotny warns about threats to Oklahoma civil rights posed by another bill making its way through the legislature.
The OKC School Board voted not to pay substitute teachers for the extra time they were required to work when the school days was extended to make up for snow closings. Tulsa firefighters are planning to sue the city over Mayor Bartlett’s order prohibiting city employees from participating in municipal election campaigns. NewsOK questions the wisdom of adding even more restrictions on where sex offenders can live. A bill ending social promotion for third graders who don’t pass a reading test and another bill that would measure school progress with letter grades are heading to Governor Fallin’s desk.
The Osage Nation is considering taking over the administration of Wah-Sha-She State Park, which is one of the 7 state parks set to be closed due to budget cuts. Superintendent Barresi said she wants to incorporate more lessons on Indian culture into the curriculum at Oklahoma schools. In today’s Policy Note, a report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research finds that contrary to the doomsday predictions of business lobbyists, paid sick and paid leave policies have not harmed business operations.
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continue reading In The Know: May 3, 2011